Sport

Another late show wins it for Roar

Besart Berisha of the Roar celebrates after scoring his second goal during the 2012 A-League Grand Final match between the Brisbane Roar and the Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium on April 22, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.
Besart Berisha of the Roar celebrates after scoring his second goal during the 2012 A-League Grand Final match between the Brisbane Roar and the Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium on April 22, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. Chris Hyde - Getty Images

ROAR 2 (B Berisha 2) GLORY 1 (I Franjic own goal)

Crowd: 50,344 at Suncorp Stadium

IT WAS the late, late show all over again as Brisbane Roar broke Perth Glory hearts at Suncorp Stadium last night.

Just as 12 months ago, it appeared the Roar was going to leave empty-handed on the grand final stage.

Late goals again stole the title and this time there was more than a touch of controversy about the final result.

Perth looked like staging the perfect smash-and-grab raid when Brisbane defender Ivan Franjic turned the ball into his own goal.

But with time running out, Besart Berisha proved the Roar hero. His first goal with six minutes left was clear enough when he headed home a Thomas Broich free-kick.

But Perth will be moaning all the way back to Western Australia about his winner.

Just as the game was headed into extra time, Berisha went on one last dribble in a bid to steal a winner.

He went down under a challenge from Liam Miller and referee Jarred Gillett pointed to the spot.

Replays suggested the Albanian had helped the decision by falling over his own feet in attempting to shoot - and the Perth players certainly felt they had every right to complain.

Berisha himself stepped up to the spot and was calmness personified to send keeper Danny Vukovic the wrong way.

There hadn't been much to shout about for the passionate home crowd in the early stages and the flow of the game wasn't helped by a long stoppage after Shane Smeltz appeared to run into an accidental elbow from Roar skipper Matt Smith. Smeltz received treatment for about four minutes for a bloodied nose before finally emerging with a massive bandage covering his wound.

Perth's game plan of a high pressing game was nullifying Brisbane's passing game and as a result there was not goalmouth action in the first 30 minutes.

But suddenly the game came to life.

First Vukovic had to be alert to keep out a weak Mitch Nichols' effort.

Then Berisha was left kicking the pitch in frustration as a bobble appeared to cost him a shot on goal just as he was pulling the trigger.

Franjic was the next to be cursing his luck as Vukovic did superbly to get low to his right to keep out his low drive.

Perth looked livelier after the break and broke the game open on 51 minutes.

Travis Dodd's first cross from the right was blocked but his second effort caused panic in the home defence and after the ball went under the foot of Billy Mehmet, Franjic could only watch on as the ball deflected off his foot and into the back of the net from close range.

The Roar had chances to draw level but wasted them and Postecoglou threw caution to the wind by using all three substitutes inside 75 minutes.

And the attacking move paid off as the home side levelled in emphatic style. Berisha had been quiet by his standards but he was Johnny-on-the-spot to nod home from Broich's beautifully flighted free-kick on 84 minutes to set up a frantic finish.

James Meyer forced Vukovic into another fine save as the game reached boilng point and in injury time Perth was down to 10 men after Dean Heffernan was shown his second yellow card for scything down Franjic.

Topics:  a-league football brisbane roar perth glory fc



800 paid jobs up for grabs at 2018 Commonwealth Games

Want to work with Borobi? 800 new jobs are on offer with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Picture: Glenn Hampson

How to apply for work on the Gold Coast

Faulty air con to blame for smoke scare at shopping centre

fire generic.  Fire truck.

Two fire crews were called to the scene just before 1.30pm

Serious injuries, traffic diverted after highway crash

Concerns for trapped passenger in highway collision

Local Partners

Dreamworld may supersize with 'Disneyland expansion'

OWNERS of icon Gold Coast theme park Dreamworld want to super-size the site with accommodation and entertainment to turn it into Australia’s Disneyland.

Bush balladeer brings bruised blues to Brissie

BRIGHT FUTURE: Jordan Merrick has just released his EP, In Colour.

Singer-songwriter Jordan Merrick on his debut EP, In Colour

Ipswich lad 'Robbo' brings Studio 10 home to Nanna

REUNION: Studio 10 roving reporter David 'Robbo' Robinson broadcast the Channel 10 shows live from Ipswich with his grandmother Jan Wells.

And Eastern Heights fan plays host in the TV thrill of her life

World’s strongest man reveals incredible 12,000 calorie diet

Brian Shaw won his 4th World's Strongest Man title. Source: Twitter

World’s strongest man reveals incredible 12,000-calorie diet

ABC2 slammed over football exhibition match coverage

Fans weren't too happy with ABC2's coverage of Wednesday night's game.

ABC2 slammed for coverage of soccer exhibition match

'Bulls--t!' Lisa Wilkinson grilled over Karl's pay packet

Join us for a Great Night as we Proudly present Lisa Wilkinson

“And you believe everything you read?”

Rebel Wilson trial: The secret we never could have known

Rebel Wilson outside court

“Most people wouldn’t know it exists,” she said.

'Ridiculous': Council refuses renovation at heritage home

NOT FAIR: Karen Solomon of Newtown is angry with Ipswich City Council for refusing her plans to build a colonial style double car port at her Newtown home.

Council rejected development application

Council refusal of 'high density' development ends in court

Ipswich City Council first meeting with the new 2016 council.

Developer took the matter to the Queensland Planning Court

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!